Lerner Affiliate Andrew London publishes new paper: Every now and then I get flagged for a pap smear: Gender transition, embodiment, and “sex-specific” cancer screenings

London and colleagues publish new research on how transgender embodiment shapes perceived needs for access to and experiences of “sex-specific” cancer screenings (e.g. breast and prostate exams, Pap, smears) in the North American healthcare system. They found that in relation to “sex-specific” cancer screenings, transgender individuals experience discrimination, do emotion work, and actively manage situations to obtain needed health care, and sometimes forego care because barriers are insurmountable. Health care providers’ responses to transgender embodiment can disrupt health care encounters, but they can also facilitate access and create opportunities for affirmation, agency, advocacy, and new forms of interaction. Read the full article here.